A crash site visit to Álftanes on Mýrar where a P-47 Thunderbolt had made a forced landing.Ásdís and Ólafur on beach by Nóntangi

On July 4, 2015, Ásdís Haraldsdóttir farmer, a former teacher, and horse breeder at Álftanes had agreed to meet us and show us where she had seen the crashed plane. Over a period of 40 years, Ásdís had seen parts of the crashed plane sticking out of the sand on a beach near her farm maybe 3 or 4 times. She told us that the spot could only be reached at low tide and we would have to be at her farm around 14:00 that afternoon.
Nóntangi Álftanes Ólafur and ÁsdísThe weather was at its best when we arrived. Ásdís lead us out on the sandy shore and told us interesting stories from the surrounding area, the birds, and her horses. After about a half an hours walk, we reached the spot where Ásdís had seen some years before a metal beam or metal frame sticking out of the sand. She had not been out here this year so she didn't know if there was anything to see now. We walked back and forth along the shoreline but saw nothing. But we did get a fairly good idea where the plane had landed. Ásdís told us that through the years the family had been out here riding and she had seen three or four times some metal object standing out of the sand. She remembered quite accurately where she had seen this and pointed the spot to us.
After an hour or so we had to hurry back to the farm because the tide was coming in. We thank Ásdis for her assistance and entertaining stories about the area. Details on the incident and the plane can be found here. 

 

USAAF 33rd Fighter Squadron, Iceland Base Command group, operated P-39 aircraft in Iceland from early in the year 1942 to 9 June 1945.

During the year 1942 the squadron experienced 13 P-39 incidents, lost 8 P-39 aircraft, two pilots were killed.


Reykjavík

Apr. 2. 42, s/n 41-7029.  Steeves, Jerome I. Landing accident, aircraft destroyed.
Jul. 7. 42, s/n 41-7035.  Dickson, Leroy G. Landing accident, aircraft destroyed.
Aug. 12. 42, s/n 40-3021. Walker, John H.  Take off accident, minor damage.
Aug. 18. 42, s/n 41-6763. Cobb, Harold L. Fire, bailed out, aircraft destroyed.
Aug. 28. 42, s/n 41-6788. Johnsey, Fredrick R. Landing accident, aircraft destroyed.
Sep. 10. 42, s/n 41-6835. Ritchie, William D. Take off accident, minor damage.
Oct. 27. 42, s/n 40-3021. Currey, Robert B. Landing accident, minor damage.
Oct. 27. 42, s/n 41-7039. Whitfield, Wilford L. Take off accident, minor damage.
Nov. 18.42, s/n 41-6835. Redman, Harold W. Forced landing/fire, aircraft destroyed.

Kassos  (Melgerdismelar)

Aug. 15. 42, s/n 40-3003. Howe, Evertt B. Take off accident, minor damage. 
Aug. 24. 42, s/n 41-6808. Ercole, Louis A. Ground accident/fire, aircraft destroyed.
Aug, 25. 42, s/n 41-8827. Kassos, John G. Ground Accident, aircraft destroyed.  (P-39 Melgerdi)

Skaftafellssýsla

Oct. 10. 42, s/n 41-6764. Hoffman, Jay E. Ground Accident, aircraft destroyed. (P-39 W. Skaftafellssýsla)